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Ended 29 Apr 2017 after 2 months
Tom Hollander is hilarious in this mind-bogglingly entertaining Stoppard
Following its critically acclaimed run at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Tom Hollander will once again reprise his role as unreliable narrator Henry Carr in Stoppard's deliciously dark comedy Travesties. This clever meditation on art, war, and politics is retold through the eyes of a decidedly unremarkable British consular clerk stationed in 1917 Zurich, as he meets a host of iconic figures that makes him question his sanity, and his place in the fast-changing world amidst the background of the Great War. Told through the fog of memory, Stoppard's play celebrates all that he was famed for, with witty repartee, farcical word play and good-old fashioned comedy.
Based on the true experiences of consular clerk Henry Carr, Travesties introduces us to three famed residents of the city (modernist James Joyce pre-Ulysesses, Tristan Tzara the Dadaist and Lenin before the Revolution). Told through the production of The Importance of Being Earnest they meet on, this fictional meeting becomes a intricate web, battling misunderstandings and mistaken identities whilst asking complex questions. As Henry reminisces he comes to that he is in fact, an unreliable narrator, laying out his memories and perceptions in a labyrinth as philosophy battles whimsy at every turn.
Previews from: 3 February 2017
Opening night: 15 February 2017
Closing night: 29 April 2017
Suitable for ages 12+
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